Is there something I can do when I am not God clearly?

Yes, take a break.  I am serious, take the pressure off, get your mind off the situation and do something entirely different.  Just think about it, have you ever had an idea for the answer to a problem that has been puzzling you when you least expect it?  God loves to breath His life in us through a variety of ways.  One of them is to let our “logical” or “analytical” mind take a rest, do something that gets creative juices flowing and look out.

Here is an excerpt from a great article from — Methods of Hearing God by Bill Gaultiere

Bill quotes one of his mentor, Dallas Willard.

Dallas’ personal method for listening to God is quite pragmatic and helpful. He begins by setting aside time for concentrated listening to God in the way we’ve just discussed: he talks to God about the situation, asks God’s counsel, meditates on Scripture, quiets himself to listen, and waits. Sometimes he does this for hours.

Then Dallas adds some wise, paradoxical counsel about stepping back from intensive focus on discerning God’s will:

Personally I find it works best if after I ask God to speak to me in this way, I devote the next hour or so to some kind of activity that neither engrosses my attention with other things nor allows me to be intensely focused on the matter in question. Housework gardening, driving about on errands, or paying bills will generally do. I have learned not to worry about whether or not this is going to work. I know that it does not have to work, but I am sure that it will work if God has something he really wants me to know or do. This is ultimately because I am sure of how great and good he is.

Often by the end of an hour or so there has stood forth within my consciousness an idea or thought with that peculiar quality, spirit and content that I have come to associate with God’s voice. If so, I may write it down for further study. I also may decide to discuss the matter with others, usually without informing them that “God has told me…” Or I may decide to reconsider the matter by repeating the same process after a short period of time. Remember Gideon (Judges 6:11-40).  Remember too that scientists check their results by rerunning experiments. We should be so humble. (Hearing God, p. 199-200)

The beauty of this approach is that it guards us against straining to hear God’s voice. If we press too hard or if we worry it inhibits us from discerning what God may be saying. But when we step back from active listening in meditation and prayer and instead relax about the whole issue by engaging lightly in a mindless activity it puts us in a different space. Insight from God is liable to just pop in!

It’s a paradox: we strain to hear God’s will on a matter and hear nothing, but we let go and trust that God will speak to us if he has anything to say and we hear his wisdom.

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